MSF brings essential aid to immigrants in Ceuta

Before the camp was set up the immigrants had no access to water, hygiene, or food. They lived in makeshift tents made of plastic and paper in an area surrounded by tons of garbage. MSF has been denouncing the situation and assisting this population since the begining of this year.
MSF has been ordered by the Spanish government to dismantle the camp that the MSF teams set up two months ago in Ceuta (a Spanish department on the north coast of Morocco, Africa) in order to provide assistance to a group of 400 immigrants. MSF will not clear the camp until their living conditions improve and until and their fundamental rights are respected. In the autonomous city of Ceuta, hundreds of immigrants and asylum seekers coming from different continents (Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Northern Africa) find themselves obliged to live in the streets and nearby forests as a result of the saturation of the Government reception system. If the camp is dismantled these immigrants will have to survive again in terrible conditions. Before the camp was set up they had no access to water, hygiene or food. They lived in makeshift tents made of plastic and paper in an area surrounded by tons of garbage. Last July, MSF set up a camp of 37 tents. Every day, the teams assist 406 immigrants from different nationalities. Since the beginning of the activities MSF has assisted a total of 542 immigrants and asylum seekers. Teams provide basic health care and refer serious cases to the hospital. They also distribute hygienic kits to new arrivals and food. In close collaboration with the immigrants MSF has removed 10 tones of garbage from the area. MSF has been denouncing the situation and assisting this population since the begining of this year.